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Noel Coward and his leading lady Gertrude Lawrence were the power couple of their time connected by telephone and telegram, the social media of their age. If they lived now, they would shun their diaries to squeeze pithy witticisms into 140 characters and ignore their stationery set to instead announce their coupling on Facebook under the ambiguous status “It’s complicated”. I’ve been fascinated by Coward since being introduced indirectly to his work by my grandfather, a rather useless actor and the sort of pier-end entertainer. I could see the similarities between my ancestor’s never-quite-make-it attempts at success as part of the Busy Bees theatrical troupe and Coward’s characters. Coward might seem an unusual role model for a heterosexual teenager in the 1970s. In my youth the gritty, urban kitchen sink drama had become the flavour of the day and the man in the silk, polka dot dressing gown could easily have been dismissed. But his tranche of work and ability to transcend generations with his sharp, bright, brittle sense of humour was inspiring. So much so that it instilled in me a love of theatre that led me to study drama at Cambridge University and become a member of the National Youth Theatre. I have starred in, produced and directed Coward plays, taking inspiration from the man himself with the latter, getting right to the heart of character representation, giving it layers, depth and context. To me Coward wasn’t just a frivolous playwright with a flute of bubbles – he could see into souls. I aspired to do the same – to take a paper thin concept fixed in a script and turn it into a tangible, multifaceted individual under the bright spots of the stage. It’s ironic therefore that I now find myself bringing to life the all round polymath who is the central character in a show he wrote but did not realise at the time, Noel and Gertie. After all, Noel and Gertie is crafted from his personal diaries, interspersed with private letters and personal sentiments he penned to his muse Lawrence. I am directing his life with his own lines – a daunting prospect indeed when you consider the legacy he leaves behind. His work does, after all, not only transcend generations but also language, humour and cultural barriers, which is why, after a failed attempt at becoming a spy, Winston Churchill exported him to the continent to amuse the troops. Had the Germans invaded Britain, Coward would have been arrested and killed as he was in the dreaded SS’s Sonderfahndungsliste GB – more commonly know as the Black Book. Source: www.theneweuropean.co.uk
Morley, son of actor Robert Morley, arts editor at Punch, regular arts diarist for The Times and critic for The Spectator, later inherited the rights to Coward's letters and diaries which then formed the central theme of our play. During his lifetime
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